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An ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban Won’t Stop Mass Shootings

Richard Graulich/ZUMA Press/NewscomYesterday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has predictably provoked renewed calls, long on outrage and short on logic, for a federal ban on so-called assault weapons. “We don’t want your prayers,” writes New York Daily News columnist Linda Stasi, responding to Donald Trump’s post-massacre tweet. “What we want from you right now is to ban assault weapons; we want you to make it impossible for civilians to have AR-15s. Period. We want YOU, elected officials, to stop killing our children while praising God. You know nothing of God, because if you did, you phony liars, you’d stop the killing without question by changing the law.”

Americans own something like 15 million AR-15-style rifles, which have been one of the biggest-selling firearm categories during the last decade or so. These guns are almost never used to commit violent crimes. According to the FBI,


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